The G7 took the center stage last week, but the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has its own ambitions, because : Putin told reporters on the sidelines of the summit in Qingdao on Sunday that the combined purchasing power of the security bloc outstripped that of the G7, Reuters reported. On the economic front, Xi offered 30…… Continue reading G7 vs SCO
Last week, Angela Merkel was in China and Emmanuel Macron in Russia. It’s worth noting that both met human rights activists in the two host countries where respect of human rights is viewed as a foreign intrusion in their internal affairs. At a time when the European countries do not seem to know how to treat…… Continue reading Human Rights and Autocrats : an EU Strategy ?
The EU has not a clear-cut decision about the former Yugoslav countries and Albania, probably the last enlargement ever. The stakes are rather low in terms of population or economy, it is more about controlling the Balkans migration route. And also about checking more closely the constant Russian meddling and the growing Turkish influence in…… Continue reading Western Balkans
All the difficulty to have an independent EU foreign policy is perfectly epitomized by the German position toward Russia : they have a special relationship (because of the Ostpolitik, of the WW2, of the 18th century, and a lot of others reasons) and seems almost impossible for Germany to adopt a tougher position toward the…… Continue reading Is Germany getting tougher on Russia ?
A tougher German stance toward Russia ?, asks this article. Because A.Merkel questioned Nord Stream 2, and because Heiko Mass, the new German Foreign Minister and Social Democrat, broke the great tradition of SPD’s Russlandversteher, in the line of Gerhard Schroeder, Sigmar Gabriel and Franz-Walter Steinmaier, and expressed some doubts. I simply do not believe…… Continue reading Russlandversteher*
So, they did it. The US, with support from UK and France, launched last night a series of air strikes on military facilities and chemical stores in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta by the Syrian regime. It’s the conclusion of a weeklong political theatre based on tweets, threats and counters, but…… Continue reading Bombing Syria, but what for ?
If some are dreaming about a trade triumvirate (including US, EU and China), nothing similar is to be expected on the political front. The EU has apparently to guard itself more from Russia than from China, but doubts are subsiding about Russia sanctions and their objective, even more when the Germans have such a good cooperation…… Continue reading EU : an impossible Russia policy